We have entered the micro-season of “The Safflower Blossoms.” This is the second micro-season of the mini-season of Grain Full. All the micro-seasons within Grain Full are:
- The Silk Worm Awakes and Eats the Mulberry (May 21 – May 25)
- The Safflower Blossoms (May 26 – May 30)
- The Time for Wheat (May 31 – Jun 04)
The micro-seasons were established in 1685 by Japanese astronomer Shibukawa Shunkai. While they are specific to Japan, they can be helpful to people all over the world. No matter where you live, you can use these seasons as a starting point for your own exploration of the natural world.
To celebrate this season we will learn about the safflower and read haiku by Basho, Issa, Buson, Matsunaga Teitoku, and Yagi Shokyu-ni.
Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) is an annual flowering plant native to the Middle East and Asia.(1,2) It…
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